Together Is Where We Belong

by Ryan Tanner

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1.
Judgment Day 05:20
the morning winds have changed i feel it in my bones. i hear my mothers voice calling me back home. father, i’m so sorry for the things i’ve done. i’ll be waiting here for my judgment day to come last night i had a dream the sky was full of light. before i lost my head on that november night now the bells are ringing the chorus has been sung i’m waiting in hide and steel for my judgment day to come when i close my eyes will jesus walk with me? and arm and arm take me to eternity? or will the blackest night overcome my soul? i am ready, lord, for my judgment day to come
2.
what do you when your dreams come true? What do you do when they don’t? in the shadows before the stars appear do you ever fear that they won’t? What will you do with your castle made of sand? Will you curse the evening tide? when the waves come rolling in will you push the windows wide and take the love that’s in your heart and make a brand new start? or stand still and break apart and sink down like a stone? what do you when your dreams come true and what will you do when they don’t? every night when you walk out on that wire it won’t matter where you’ve been the crowd will stomp and cheer and wait for you to fall so take a step and let the great world spin take the love that’s in your heart and make a brand new start or stand still and break apart and sink down like a stone? what do you when your dreams come true and what will you do when they don’t? i believe that angels are waiting at the door any minute now, they’ll break through the floor don’t be afraid, it’s what they came here for if you let them, they’ll lift you and carry you back home
3.
last night i closed my eyes when i woke, i’d walked a thousand miles to a town where no one knows my name no one knows that i’m to blame for i once held the heart of a fair-haired girl that heart was as wild as a flag unfurled she laughed and called my name my god, i’m so ashamed for all of the fights now all of the lights from the highway look the same just another friday night fool out walking in the rain i’ll remember the look on her face and the last words that she said, “honey, get your things i ain’t got no use for a black heart painted red” she was right there’s a stone deep beneath this chest the color of a mourning dress in ribs of pennsylvania steel long forgotten now to feel how could she have known the night she asked, “can we trade hearts? careful, my love, this one’s been torn and pulled apart” that she would get instead a black heart painted red now all of the nights and all of the lights from the highway look the same just another friday night fool out walking in the rain i’ll remember the look on her face and the last words that she said, “honey, get your things i ain’t got no use for a black heart painted red” so tonight when you close your eyes and a fair-haired girl is asleep by your side give her everything you have not a black heart painted red
4.
close your eyes and count to ten then back down to one again wipe the salt from your skin and the blood from your chin this is how the story goes an author no one knows so take off all your clothes and let your bruises show tonight i’ll stay by your side darlin’, rest your weary mind our love will our love will lift us to a higher ground where no high or lonesome sound will follow the devil’s nipping at your tail but there’s a wind in your sail this old boat will never fail when the storms whip and wail get on your feet again every broken heart will mend no matter how broke or bent this love will never end tonight i’ll stay by your side darlin’, rest your weary mind our love will our love will lift us to a higher ground where no high or lonesome sound will follow
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6.
i can’t sleep tonight you are on my mind and have been since I left houston behind i know it’s not your fault i’m the one to blame you can blame me for your hurt, for your anger you can blame me for the rain i remember when this love was still brand new there’s not a single day i don’t think of you i can’t make things right and it won’t change your mind but, darlin’, if I could you know i would turn the hands of time i’d go back to the day i’d go back to the start where i’d never let you down make you cry or break your heart i’ll remember when this love was still brand new and every single day i will dream of you until the end of time i don’t know what i’ll do when all that i have left are days to think of you
7.
bluebird, bluebird high up in your tree bluebird, bluebird come sing a song for me i’ve been lost and i’ve been lonesome and could use a song that’s blue i’ve been thinking about i’ve been dreaming about you bluebird, bluebird won’t you call my name bluebird, bluebird i still feel the same as the day that i first heard you sing your song so blue i’ve been thinking about i’ve been dreaming about you sing a song for the lucky ones sing a song for the fools sing a song for the broken hearts sing a song bluebird, blue
8.
what did they say? we’d lose our way in these fields of long decay they missed the mark when they missed the spark the spark that gives the fire its heart with a peaceful mind and these ties that bind i’ll be waiting for you on the other side we built a house and planted trees at night we’d swim in the pale green sea we raised the kids and let them go and they returned with seeds all their own with a peaceful mind and these ties that bind i’ll be waiting for you on the other side what did they say? we’d lose our way in these fields of long decay
9.
the rain is coming down on this god forsaken town i’ve been wandering and i’m soaked to the bone breathing in and breathing out so hard to know which to go without how’d i get so far from my home? funny, after all these years, my heart still steers to that house down on euclid avenue the weeds outside are six feet tall an empty frame hangs in the hall on the ground, a picture of me and you oh, this storm will break me, now that my heart fails me like a ghost i walk these floors i was dead the moment that you said, “baby, i don’t love you anymore” a wave that i am trapped under, from which i won’t recover cut me loose and set me out to sea That photograph of me and you, the last and only living proof of the happy man I used to be oh, this storm will break me, now that my heart fails me like a ghost i walk these shores i was dead the moment that you said, “baby, i don’t love you anymore”
10.
all the neon lights they shine lighting up ed’s grocery sign just up the street from your place your parents built this town the smell of blood and steel still soaks the ground and it’s been much too long since i’ve seen your face if i could find some shelter from this bitter cold maybe lay my weary head to rest these lines are deeper and i fear i’m growing old with you i never did my best the distance of regret left me broken, bruised, soaking wet waiting all night outside your door oh, the seasons of my shame you were always the easy one to blame and i left you crying on the kitchen floor if i could find some shelter from this bitter cold maybe lay my weary head to rest these lines are deeper and i fear i am growing old with you i never did my best outside there are rows and rows of beat up cars and the streets are lined with burned out stars you still wear the bracelet your mother gave you when she died if i was twice the man i’d still be no good i never learned to love you like i should ... i just came home to say goodbye
11.
i will sing now that the work is done i will sing now that the work is done i’ve been swinging this hammer since the rising of the sun i will sing now that the work is done there’s a pretty girl waiting there for me there’s a pretty girl waiting there for me there’s a pretty girl and she’s so fine A pretty girl, she’s all mine there’s a pretty girl waiting there for me i will sing now that the work is done i will sing now that the work is done i’ve been swinging this hammer since the rising of the sun i will sing now that the work is done oh, father! don’t you cry for me oh, father! don’t you cry for me oh, my father and my mother my sisters and my brother don’t you cry for me i will sing now that the work is done i will sing now that the work is done i’ve been swinging this hammer since the rising of the sun i will sing now that the work is done i am waiting on the last train home i am waiting on the last train home i am waiting on the last train to take me from this driving rain i am waiting on the last train home i will sing now that the work is done i will sing now that the work is done i’ve been swinging this hammer since the rising of the sun i will sing now that the work is done
12.
bluebird, bluebird high up in your tree bluebird, bluebird come sing a song for me i’ve been lost and i’ve been lonesome and could use a song that’s blue i’ve been thinking about i’ve been dreaming about you bluebird, bluebird won’t you call my name bluebird, bluebird i still feel the same as the day that i first heard you sing your song so blue i’ve been thinking about i’ve been dreaming about you sing a song for the lucky ones sing a song for the fools sing a song for the broken hearts sing a song bluebird, blue
13.
my dearest elaine nothing has changed will you pull the cord and please let me go? i’ve been twisting in this noose, hoping you would turn me loose i’ve got to get my feet back on the floor ever since the night i fell, fell deep into your spell when you closed your eyes and said you were in love and the winter evening breeze lifted through the cedar trees to the emptiness of the stars above let me get to the point, i hate to disappoint you but in the morning i’ll be gone i’m done, i’m moving on it was written in a note that i slipped into your coat i always knew you’d be the death of me walking hand in hand through the park you wrapped your wires around my heart if you love something you will never set it free you say you believe in love, but you don’t believe in love it’s just something that you use to get along in the morning i’ll be gone looking down from this hotel room i’m a king and my kingdom’s in ruin there’s nothing left for me now and i want to go home let me go home
14.
come close, my dear, the end of the world is here and there’s not much time left to go may i have one last dance, a dance to end this wild romance? oh! how i love you so the birds up in the trees are singing in the breeze a prelude so soft and so low press your cheek to mine let your hips move in time to the sounds of the desolation waltz the earth grooves and shakes buildings sway and start to break bombs like drums landing on the one “that’s always been my favorite dress” as i brush the ashes from your tresses your skin, a burning sun and the sky is crimson red as the stars jump to their death the sea heaves, mighty cities fall in rhythm and in rhyme lead me to the end of time hand in hand to the desolation waltz oh, my heart once was heavy but you made it fly never another tomorrow never another goodbye through the streets the people scream it won’t wake me from this dream as skin melts to bone and bone to stone press your lips to mine one last kiss for the end of time one last kiss for the desolation waltz

credits

released July 15, 2014

produced by
RYAN TANNER & JAY WILLIAM HENDERSON

Recorded live at the Sound Emporium in Nashville, Tennessee April 5-8, 2014
Engineered by Jay William Henderson
Additional Engineering by Anthony Aquilato, Zack DeWall and Mike Stankiewicz
Mixed by Todd Robbins
Mastered by Reuben Cohen at Lurssen Mastering

Cover Artwork “Majorca” by Jim Sherraden (used with kind permission)
Inside Engraving “Creation of Light” by Gustave Doré (1866 - public domain)

All songs written by Ryan Tanner (Black Heart, Red Heart BMI) except
“Baby, I Don’t Love You Anymore” and “Our Love Will”
written by Ryan Tanner (Black Heart, Red Heart BMI) & Paul Jacobsen (Madison Arm Music ASCAP)
“Let The Great World Spin” written by Ryan Tanner (Black Heart, Red Heart BMI) & Dustin Christensen (Sand Puppy ASCAP)
“Love Is All I Need” written by Felice & Boudleaux Bryant (House of Bryant Publishing)


The Players

Ryan Tanner
Acoustic & Gut String Guitar // Harmonica // Vocals

Mark Smith
Mandolin // Octave Mandolin // Electric Guitar // Vocals

Dylan Schorer
Electric and Acoustic Guitar // Pedal and Lap Steel // 6-string Banjo // 12-string Mando Guitar

Tyler Lambourne
Upright and Electric Bass

Daniel Young
Acoustic Guitar // 6-string Banjo // Percussion // Piano // Pump Organ // Vocals

Marie Bradshaw
Vocals

Kiki Jane Sieger
Vocals

Corinne Gentry
Vocals // Fiddle

Brian Thurber
Drums // Percussion // Suitcase // Coffee Cup

Paul Jacobsen
Acoustic Guitar // 6-string Banjo // Piano // Pump Organ // Harmonica // Vocals

Jamie Timm
Electric Guitar

Jay William Henderson
Vocals

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